Memorial Day For My Father

Jack Carroll (1920-1987), a Flying Boxcar navigator in the U.S. Army during World War II, rarely spoke about his wartime experience, except for two set pieces:

1) He dropped toilet paper over the Burma Road, making him much loved in the Pacific theater by the infantry dogfaces (as the great Bill Mauldin characterized them).

2) He delivered a gold Cadillac to Chiang Kai-shek. Upon landing, the crew opened the Flying Boxcar’s nose. Chinese workers swarmed the Cadillac, started it up, and drove it off the aircraft.

Before the ramp had been lowered.

Result? Cadillac smashed to smithereens.

Believe it or not.

I choose to, out of respect for Jack.

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